When I titled my blog Musings at 85 I had a passing notion that some people might be interested in what an old lady thinks about all day.  It also occurred to me that we old folks might be of some help to each other, sharing problems and solutions and woes.  What never occurred to me was how helpful the blogs of OTHERS might be to ME!

As you can tell by my early posts, I started blogging without ever having read a blog. And I had obvious growing pains. There was a time when I couldn’t italicize or bold or post a picture, much less a video. So it has been a growing experience in that way. What I have found out through reading the blogs of others is that it is a wonderful way of broadening and increasing your friends and family – real friends and family, not pretend ones like those in the soap operas in the afternoon — real people that you could actually interact with if you had a mind to!

Pew Internet & American Life Project says “Email is the most popular online activity, especially for internet users age 65 or older.” Once they find out how to do it, they love email. It’s a quick, easy, inexpensive way to keep in touch with the friends and family you already have. When people are bed-bound, home-bound, or just can’t get around they way the used to, they often turn to the television for company. Day after day many oldsters spend their afternoons glued to their TVs to see what is happening on their favorite soap opera (or all the soap operas!). Whiling away all those hours is nothing that appeals to me as I can’t help realizing these are only pretend people living pretend lives. What I have found out is that it is much more interesting and much more real to turn on the computer and read what others are writing out there. Bloggers are real people and they write with great honesty and integrity about their seeking, finding, suffering, solving.

Television was long ago heralded as a Window to the World, and indeed it is. But perhaps the computer is even more of a window to the world in that you can visit online a wider range of people leading different lives in many places with different families  and challenges.  And you can learn what they really think, not some scripted line in a fictional life.   It is only about a year ago that I started looking at blogs and over the months I have come to actually know the first names of the authors of several blogs that I follow. Among my favorites there’s Aimee of Historical Christian, Jennifer of Conversion Diary, Barbara of Mommy Life,  Jill of Prolife Pulse.  They have inquiring minds and are interested in a multitude of things. They ask questions and get comments in response. They are up front with their trials and tribulations.  They care about what is going on in the world.  I believe them to be good and honest people.

I am in awe of the sheer beauty of some of the blogs, Ann Voskamp’s A Holy Experience,  for example. I have looked for similar bloggers left of center, so far without success. Please point me.

According to Pew Internet only 26% of Americans age 70-75 and 17% of Americans age 76 or older go online. I think it could be a real blessing if you could help your oldster become acquainted with a computer. S/he might enjoy it and make a host of new friends.

Just as a bonus here is a link to a recipe that I copied yesterday from the Mommy Life blog for Curried Chicken & Broccoli Casserole.  I looks good — can’t wait to try it!

On second thought, it seemed much simpler to include it:

CURRIED CHICKEN & BROCCOLI CASSEROLE

Fresh broccoli steamed
1 lb. chicken (boneless) sauteed
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 c. mayonnaise
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. curry
Shredded cheddar cheese

Cut up broccoli and layer on bottom of casserole dish. Mix together in side bowl: chicken soup, mayonnaise, lemon juice and curry. Cut up chicken into small chunks (or shred) and mix into sauce. Pour over broccoli. Top with flavored bread crumbs.

Oven: Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Fifteen minutes before finish, sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese, put back in the oven until cheese is melted.

And here, believe it or not, is a tutorial on how to start a blog with WordPress, which is what I use. I’ve never seen this tutorial before and upon viewing it know that I can learn quite a bit from it, once I get down to really studying it. Please God, I’m 86! I should have oodles of time on my hands. Where is it? Help me to learn how to use WordPress better, to find time to Scrabble. I want to read more of those beautiful blogs that happify my heart. I should take a bath every now and then and the yard is full of weeds where flowers used to be. Soon there will be potatoes to dig up. There’s the mail to sort and bills to pay, plants that need watering, the bathroom floor should be damp-mopped, shopping and cooking to be done, mass in the morning, prayer meeting Thursday night, the abortion mill to be picketed – AND a blog to write. I look at the blogs of others and realize I can’t do what they do. Help me, Lord, to be satisfied with my own best and grateful for the others that give me such joy.

Amen.

THE WORDPRESS TUTORIAL


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Here I am Lord, I come to do your will. — Hebrews 10:7